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I know it's still too wintery to be worrying too much. But can anyone recommend a good fertiliser to use in the coming months to encourage a decent grass growth. the soil is very thin and has a lot of builders rubbish in it. The lawn has several decent patches each year but also each year there are large patches that look worse than previous year.
I have tried Miracle Gro lawn food before. Do I need something stronger?
The only advice i will give you is to DIG THIS UP ! it does not really matter how much fertiliser / chemicals you apply your lawn will only be as good as the soil underneath your lawn. Start by making sure you have a decent base soil (NO rubble, bricks, large stones etc, certainly NO builders rubbish)
Take a look at the www.rowlawn. site, this will give you a general idea, at present you are wasting your time and money.
I echo the advice to dig the lawn up, but why not go further and not relay it? I gave up on a lawn 5 years ago and have never looked back. No more boring mowing and a much more interesting (and full) garden.
Going to have be a bit brutal here I'm afraid-you keep asking about this lawn and prevaricating-do you want to keep it or not?-do you want to work on it or not? or just use it as a play area for the trampoline and kids?-are you going to put bark down?
It is time to stop asking for advice-people are happy to offer it-but you need to make a decision-and only you can do that
All help is appreciated and is helping me to decide the most suitable outcome.
If its going to be new turf ....................... then firstly replace / enrich the soil beneath the old lawn otherwise you will be wasting your time and money ........... if you are thinking of seeding then you need to wait until the weather improves
I completely agree with Calendula, Grow gardens, food instead of lawn
Rather than going to the expense of digging up your lawn, have you thought of using a lawn care professional? Obviously it depends on the size of your lawn but prices start from around 15 quid per visit. They will visit 4 time a year and apply produts such as fertiliser, weedkiller, moss cotroller and overseeding..they will be able to give clear advice about bringing your lawn back to life and much cheaper than digging it up...
If you are going to diy, then I recommend scotts fertilisers with slow release.